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Orzo and Shrimp Salad with Asparagus

Orzo and Shrimp Salad with Asparagus Recipe and Video

Description

This is a dish that goes together quickly, can be doubled easily, and looks beautiful! Orzo , shrimp and fresh asparagus tossed with a light olive oil, lemon and basil dressing. Perfect for a warm weather picnic. Can be served chilled, at room temperature, or heated!

Ingredients

  • 12 eaches extra-large shrimp
  • 1 clove garlic, minced
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 quarts water
  • 8 ounces orzo pasta
  • 1 pound fresh asparagus, trimmed and cut into 1 inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 eaches green onions, chopped
  • 1 tablespoon white balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • 2 teaspoons honey mustard
  • 2 tablespoons minced fresh basil
  • salt and pepper to taste

Instructions

  1. Peel shrimp, reserving the shells. In a skillet over medium heat, cook the garlic and shrimp in 2 tablespoons of olive oil, stirring frequently to keep the garlic from browning. When shrimp are cooked through, remove from heat, cool and cut into 1/2-inch pieces.
  2. Bring water to a boil in a Dutch oven over high heat. Add shrimp shells, boil for 5 minutes, then strain out shells and discard. Stir in the orzo and cook for 5 minutes. Stir in the asparagus pieces and continue cooking until the pasta is al dente, about 4 minutes. Drain into a mesh sieve, and rinse in cold water.
  3. Toss pasta and asparagus with 2 tablespoons of olive oil, shrimp, and green onions until evenly coated. In a separate bowl, whisk the vinegar, lemon juice, mustard, and basil until incorporated. Pour over pasta mixture and toss well; season to taste with salt and pepper. Chill for 2 hours.

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Nutritional Information

Orzo and Shrimp Salad with Asparagus

Servings Per Recipe: 6
Calories: 302.2
% Daily Value *
protein: 37 %
carbohydrates: 11 %
exchange other carbs:
dietary fiber: 12 %
sugars:
fat: 17 %
saturated fat: 8 %
cholesterol: 29 %
vitamin a iu: 16 %
niacin equivalents: 36 %
vitamin b6: 9 %
vitamin c: 13 %
folate: 32 %
calcium: 7 %
iron: 24 %
magnesium: 20 %
potassium: 10 %
sodium: 5 %
thiamin: 13 %
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*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.
**Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.
(-)Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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